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Gary-WWe started our blog, Retirement Insights, because we feel passionately that you should never invest in a financial product without understanding exactly what you’re getting. Here, you’ll find insightful and easy-to-understand articles about retirement planning, and investment tips and financial advice for retirees. We work hard to make sure that our blog can be your resource for finding solutions to real-life problems you might encounter during retirement.

Written by our Retirement Insights Specialist, Gary W., the below articles are here for you to explore. We update our blog with multiple new posts per week, so there’s always something new to learn.

Overlooking these 5 things can really hurt your retirement

Jun 6, 2018

There are many things that can derail your retirement, and many of them have to do with money. Some of them are self-inflicted, like failing to save properly or using your 401(k) like a piggy bank. But even for people who do everything correct, there are things – sometimes outside of their control — that…

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Here’s what you should have already done to get ready for retirement at 50

Mar 27, 2018

Some people plan for retirement all their lives. But many Americans do little or no planning for retirement. In fact, for some, the first real discussion of retirement comes when they go to see a financial planner a month before retirement. A good financial planner will tell you it’s never too early to start retirement…

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Three Retirement Tips for the New Year

Jan 26, 2018

As we get further into the new year, our thoughts need to be on more than just last year’s taxes. We should also be thinking about what we need to do to make our retirement the best it can be – whether we’re already retired or getting ready for the big event. As I say…

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Purchasing a Fixed, Deferred Annuity in an IRA Can Help You Manage RMDs in Retirement

Jun 17, 2016

Some financial planners will advise you never to do this because it’s redundant, but there are times when it might be beneficial, especially when it comes to managing your required minimum distributions later on. Before you write off purchasing an annuity in an IRA, you should consider how it could impact you for the life of your IRA.

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What the 2016 Federal Reserve Bond Interest Rates May Mean for Fixed Annuities in the Long Term

May 23, 2016

Insurance companies are able to set a pre-determined interest rate and even go as far as to guarantee it. One way insurance companies make these guarantees is through the bond market and the interest rates that the Federal Reserve sets on their government bond offerings.

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Addressing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Pension Changes With Supplemental Retirement Annuities

May 10, 2016

We’ve received an increasing number of calls from clients over the past year worried about funding their retirement after their employer either significantly scaled back the corporate pension plan or eliminated it altogether. For a long time, corporate pension programs were a major source of retirement funding for employees all over the United States. These pension programs would allow the company to finance their employees’ retirement through regular payments, much like in an individually owned annuity.

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Staying Active in Retirement

Jul 6, 2018

There are many mistakes you can make as you prepare to enter retirement. That’s one reason many people suggest you sit down with a professional before you retire. But one thing people often overlook when they leave their jobs is that they are walking away from their existing network of friends and colleagues without considering…

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Overlooking these 5 things can really hurt your retirement

Jun 6, 2018

There are many things that can derail your retirement, and many of them have to do with money. Some of them are self-inflicted, like failing to save properly or using your 401(k) like a piggy bank. But even for people who do everything correct, there are things – sometimes outside of their control — that…

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Is it Smart to Borrow From Your 401(k)

Aug 25, 2017

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in 2015, 20 percent of Americans have an  outstanding loan balance on their 401(k) and 37 percent have had loans in the past five years. Ten percent of those borrowers defaulted and a whopping 86 percent of borrowers left their company with an outstanding balance, according to…

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Biggest Mistakes Couples Make

Jan 11, 2017

A successful marriage is all about communication. So, it make sense that the same can be said about a successful retirement. Retirement planning is tough enough, but when it comes to couples some of the biggest mistakes can be related to the lack of communications, according to the financial planners surveyed for the 2015 Fidelity…

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Staying Active in Retirement

Jul 6, 2018

There are many mistakes you can make as you prepare to enter retirement. That’s one reason many people suggest you sit down with a professional before you retire. But one thing people often overlook when they leave their jobs is that they are walking away from their existing network of friends and colleagues without considering…

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Saving for your child’s tuition without sacrificing your retirement

Jun 6, 2018

We love our children. Most of us would do anything for them. That includes saving for or paying for their college tuition, even if it means sacrificing a retirement lifestyle we may want and deserve. There’s no doubt about it, college tuition is expensive. It’s so expensive these days that it’s not uncommon for young…

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Overlooking these 5 things can really hurt your retirement

Jun 6, 2018

There are many things that can derail your retirement, and many of them have to do with money. Some of them are self-inflicted, like failing to save properly or using your 401(k) like a piggy bank. But even for people who do everything correct, there are things – sometimes outside of their control — that…

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Five Things That Can Wreck Your Retirement

May 2, 2018

It’s not uncommon these days for retirement to last as long (if not longer) than our working careers. That means it’s critically important to make the right decisions because a few mistakes or missteps could eat into our retirement savings. And that’s a problem since most of us haven’t saved enough to begin with. Nearly…

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